Magic Mushrooms in Amsterdam

Until a few years ago, you could legally purchase hallucinogenic mushrooms in Amsterdam. The advertising the shops used seems primarily based on the look of A. muscaria, even though my guess is that most of the actual mushrooms available were of the psilocybin variety. It’s common enough that people think of the iconic Amanita as the “magic mushroom” par excellence, even though most people taking “shrooms” are dealing with psilocybin, and have probably never touched a real fly agaric.

Not sure what’s up with these sombreros and cacti… maybe because real “shrooms” tend to come from South America (even though A. muscaria is almost exclusively a Northern hemisphere occurrence)?

This is probably my favorite signage:

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